What Makes a Good Las Vegas Dentist?

I’m going to be completely honest with you: No one likes going to the dentist.

This simple fact of life illustrates why choosing a good dentist is so very important for you and your family. A “bad” dentist will make an experience that you might already be dreading even more uncomfortable. In fact, you may have dealt with a “bad” dentist in the past, which may be why you’re nervous about your next exam. It’s a vicious cycle that you must break because oral hygiene is important to your overall health, not to mention your appearance and self-image.

A recent Gallup-Healthways poll showed 34% of Americans did not visit a dentist last year. If these people were introduced to a positive experience at the dentist office, do you think that number would lessen?

What to Look for in a Good Las Vegas Dentist

Since we’re being honest, here’s another fact to think about: Not all Las Vegas dentists are created equal. With that said, did you know that all dentists must adhere to the American Dental Association’s Principles of Ethics and Code of Professional Conduct. The code includes the following tenets:


  • Respect the patient’s wants and needs
  • Do no harm
  • Do good
  • Be fair
  • Be truthful

This code of ethics forms the baseline for every dentist in practice today. We are held accountable to these professional standards and take them very seriously.

All dentists receive the latest scientific and medical training and have spent hundreds of hours honing their craft. Dentists are also required to receive continuing education, which keeps them on top of the latest advancements, technology upgrades, and industry changes.

Since we know there are some things that make one dentist preferable over another, let’s look at some key characteristics of what our staff considers a “good” dentist.

  •     First, is the environment the dentist has created a place where you feel safe and cared for? Do the dentist and staff make you and your family feel welcomed at their practice?
  •     Second, have the dentist and his staff established good communication with you and your family? Are they easy to talk to and do they listen to your concerns? Are they able to take a complicated procedure and break it down so you can understand it?
  • Third, do you feel the doctor and his staff are concerned about how you feel, especially during procedures? Your dentist should communicate with you during every step of the treatment, ensuring your well-being and comfort by monitoring you closely both during and after a procedure.
  • Fourth, a dentist should have a very gentle touch. A good dentist knows that your mouth is very sensitive and great care should always be taken to minimize any pain or discomfort that you might feel.

Compassionate care provided in a state-of-the-art setting is always the goal of Dr. Hadley and his team. We know you have many choices when it comes to selecting a dentist, and we believe our passionate commitment to our patients is exactly why patients choose our practice.